How to get here
The easiest airport to fly to in the summer is Geneva, about a 2.5hr transfer away.
We run weekly transfers from Geneva airport. We're pretty flexible with transfer times, generally leaving the airport or the chalet whenever it suits the earliest/latest flight in the group. Usually, we aim to leave the airport no later than 1700 local time every Saturday with our return transfer leaving Sainte Foy at around 0800, arriving at Geneva airport shortly before 1100. It's just over 2 hours drive to the airport, so bear these times in mind when booking your flights! As always, if you have awkward journey times, get in touch with us and we'll do our best to help you out.
It's also possible to get here from Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Turin airports. In summer, a hire car is the best way to get from the airport to Sainte Foy.
To drive takes around 10hrs from Calais and it's a pretty easy cruise on the motorway most of the way down. Our suggested route is to take the motorway all the way to Bourg en Bresse, then travel via Annecy to Albertville. Motorway tolls will cost somewhere around 50€ each way.
You can also stay on the motorway all the way to Lyon then go via Chambery to Albertville. This is significantly longer, but is on faster roads so time difference isn't much, however you will pay an extra 20€ in motorway tolls each way.
The alternative way of getting here is by train. If you live in or near London, this can be a great way to get to the Tarentaise valley. For example, you could get on the Eurostar on a Friday evening, change to a sleeper train in Paris and arrive in Bourg St Maurice at 7:30 on Saturday morning. This way, you get an extra day's riding in. Repeat the process on the way back and all of a sudden you've changed a weeks trip from 6 days riding when travelling by plane to 8 days riding when taking the train! Pricing this up for a weekend in June costs around £190 return (£99 for the Eurostar and €112 for the trains between Paris and Bourg Saint Maurice), almost certainly cheaper than a flight + bike bag charges + airport transfers/parking.
NOTE: Since we checked things out for the website, flight prices have generally come down while train prices have crept up, so it's harder to justify the train on price alone. Still gives you a chance at an extra 2 days riding though!